July 27, 1994 |
My daughter has developed a passion for "Charlotte's Web," E.B. White's childhood classic about the extraordinary friendship between Charlotte, the tiny erudite spider, and Wilbur, the ingenuous, neurasthenic pig. For those who have forgotten, or who are occupied with other literary matters--such as the questionable parenting techniques advanced in "Good Dog Carl" or the odd housekeeping habits of "Good Night Moon"--allow me a moment of exposition.
November 1, 1992
In a mock election for President the 3rd- and 4th-grade students in Room 33 at Los Feliz Elementary voted: 3 votes for Bush; 2 votes for Perot; 23 votes for Clinton. When two of the main characters in "Charlotte's Web," a story they are reading, were added to the list of candidates, the vote totals were: 20 votes for Wilbur the pig; 8 votes for Charlotte the spider. Only in L.A. can a pig have a chance to be elected President. REY RAMIREZ, Los Angeles
December 13, 2009 |
My job as a young children's librarian in the 1970s was to connect kids with books. The first time a teacher called, requesting a presentation for her fifth-graders on famous people, I was on it. I gathered biographies -- athletes, artists, astronauts -- and leafed through for the telling phrase or incident sure to pull in the kids and vivid writing that would keep them turning the pages. When the class arrived, I booktalked the bios (it's a librarian thing -- like a film treatment)
February 28, 2010
Kids Stuff Compiled by Jason Gelt Earthworm Ensemble Celebrate the release of this family music act's latest CD at a special all-ages concert. Composed of some of L.A.'s best folk and country artists, including I See Hawks in L.A., Mike Stinson, and the Chapin Sisters, the band's lively sound pleases kids and adults alike. McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Today, 11 a.m. $8. (310) 828-4497. Alice and the Wonderful Tea Party Audiences help Alice set a topsy- turvy Wonderland aright in this zany Rudie-DeCarlo musical comedy.
July 19, 2012 |
Every summer, everyone and their uncle wants to tell you what to read at the beach. If they all had their way, you'd never have a chance to jump in the ocean, or to enjoy the sun, or to talk to your friends and family as you relax at the shore. No, you'd just be there with your nose in a book, and then another book, and then another book. So as the summer hits mid-stride, at Jacket Copy, we've got another idea: the anti-beach reading list. Here are nine books that you need not read at the beach, nay, that you SHOULD not read at the beach.